April 2013
I heart NY Agriculture Contest
Do your students like to write or draw? Want your students to explore agriculture in their own lives? The I Love NY Agriculture Art and Writing Contest is the perfect opportunity for youth, Pre-K through 6th grade, to explore agriculture and food system while also meeting the New York State and Common Core Learning Standards. The contest is divided by grade level categories with prized ranging from t-shirts to $25 educational grants. For more information visit the I Love NY Agriculture Contest page on the NY Ag in the Classroom website.

Entries are due postmarked by April 12, 2013!
Educator Resources
Ideas and Inspirations
Green Dollhouse Challenge 
Have a student really interested in green technology? Do they love to build projects? Why not have them enter into the Green Dollhouse Challenge. Students in K-12 can build their designs throughout the school year and then submit them to be judged at the New York State Fair in August. Currently the Green Dollhouse Challenge is looking for students to participate and professionals to judge the competition.

Grow Lab: Lab Activities for Growing Minds  
Do your students enjoy growing plants in the greenhouse? Looking for curriculum to help spark that interest and curiosity? Check out the Grow Lab: Lab Activities for Growing Minds curriculum developed by the National Gardening Association. This curriculum utilizes fun, illustrated activities to explore plant life cycles, examine plant diversity, and investigate the interdependence of plants, humans, and other plant-based studies! This curriculum meets the National Science Standards and is great for students K-8!
A Raindrop's Journey by Suzanne Slade
Help your students understand why rain is important by reading them A Raindrop's Journey by Suzanne Slade. With easy to follow text and unique illustrations, follow one water droplet's journey through the water cycle, with stops in a water treatment facility and a child's drinking glass along the way. The hip, sunglass-wearing raindrop is great at keeping students engaged, all while teaching them useful information about the water cycle. Great for students K-4.



Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
by Judi Barrett
In Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett, follow along with your students as they learn about the
town of Chewandswallow, a place where all of your meals come from the sky - clouds of scrambled eggs for breakfast followed by a shower of orange juice. The 'weather' is great until the sky gets cloudy with a chance of meatballs, leading to more food than they can eat. A funny story, great for students 2-4, to show how rain showering down is not the worst scenario.
Web Resources
Math in the Garden
Check out the Math in the Garden curriculum published by the National Gardening Association This engaging curriculum uses a mathematical lens to take children on an education-filled exploration of the garden. Dozens of easy to implement, hands-on activities that hone math skills and promote inquiry, language arts, and nutrition all while integrating the school garden. Developed to support national science and mathematical standards, this curriculum is great for students K-8.
Do your students have an interest in maple production? Do you have a maple tree at your school? Or do your students just enjoy pancakes and maple syrup? Why not integrate maple production and tree tapping into your garden website with TapMyTrees.com. This website is all about teaching anyone how to collect and process their own maple sap. With illustrated instructions and a starting kit for purchase, this is a great resource for anyone whether you want to tap the trees in your backyard or just serve as an educational resource to teach children. Great for parents, teachers, and children of all ages.

Upcoming Events
Food, Land & People Training
  • April 8 & 15, 2013 - Training workshops
  • Free 2-part workshop available to educators, classroom teachers, volunteers, parents, farmers, and others interested in agricultural education.
  • See Flyer for more information.
  • Training Locations: Fredonia Central School District, SUNY Cobleskill, Livingston County Cooperative Ext., Cornell University, Onondaga County Cooperative Extension
I Love NY Agriculture Art and Writing Contest
USDA Farm to School Grants
  • April 24, 2013 - Applications due
  • Three categories of grants offered: Planning, Implementation, and Support Service
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